Accuracy in Media

Former NBC Evening news anchor Tom Brokaw is slated to moderate an Earth Day town hall on April 22 on The Weather Channel as part of NBCU’s “Green is Universal” programming during what they are calling Earth Week, according to Monsters and Critics:

Entitled “Changing Planet,” this is one in a series of three events intended to encourage student learning and dialogue about climate science by gathering climate scientists, thought leaders, business people and university students to discuss the facts of climate science, the dynamics of its impact and to brainstorm solutions.

The town hall was hosted at Yale University as part of a partnership between NBC Learn (the education arm of NBC News), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Discover magazine.

Based on the title for the town hall and the lack of specific information as to who the participants will be, it doesn’t look like it will be a very balanced program.

Some of the other programming during Earth Week from NBCU appears to be nothing more than propaganda, from tips on eco-fashion to reducing our carbon footprint.

Then there is the airing of the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow on Telemundo, in which a climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being overcome by a new ice age.

Well I guess that’s a little better than airing Al Gore’s now largely debunked An Inconvenient Truth.

But my favorite is the PBS kids network Sprout, which will dedicate it’s Good Night Show to exploring different environmental themes as host Nina and Lucy help children wind down after a busy day.

So never fear if your toddler has had a busy day — he or she can wind down this week with Sprout and help save the environment at the same time.

Sounds like a great use of our taxpayer dollars.





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